By: Ryan LaBar
Close battles in both the pro men’s and women’s XC categories at Sun Valley, Idaho, saw Todd Wells and Georgia Gould take the top step of the podium.
Below are photos, videos and top-10 results from both the pro men’s and women’s event:
During the first lap of racing, Sam Schultz had the lead. Shown here smashing through one of the rock gardens.
His lead didn’t last long though, as Todd Wells bumped ahead in the second lap. Wells heading into the rocky descent.
Getting low. Jeremiah Bishop takes the more technical inside line to the rocky descent. He ended up riding to a solid fourth place.
The always amazing Ned Overend rode his way to a 14th place in the pro category.
Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski hung on to finish in 5th place.
By lap three Wells was riding away with the win and leaving everyone in his dust–literally.
Schultz, with quite the cheering squad, made a valiant effort to catch Wells on the last lap.
He could not catch Wells though, shown here ripping around one of the final turns of the course.
Schultz finished about 30 seconds back.
Adam Craig was also in the hunt, but a flat tire at the end of the race ensured he would not be catching Wells or Schultz.
Sam Schultz – Post race interview:
Keli Emmett – Post race interview:
Men’s XC Results:
1. Todd Wells
2. Sam Schultz
3. Adam Craig
4. Jeremiah Bishop
5. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski
6. Tad Elliott
7. Spencer Paxson
8. Alexander Grant
9. Mitchell Hoke
10. Barry Wicks
Women’s XC Results:
1. Georgia Gould
2. Lea Davinson
3. Katherine Compton
4. Heather Irmiger
5. Kelli Emmett
6. Judy Freeman
7. Amanda Carey
8. Sage Wilderman
9. Erin Huck
10. Nina Baum